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Germany: the land where centrists rule 

The collapse of traditional governing parties across Europe has benefited radical and populist rivals – but this is not the case in Germany

Norway Backtracks on Climate Commitments

Norway’s stonewalling on deforestation incentive payments to Indonesia undermines future rich-poor cooperation on climate change

Spirit of Revival

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel explains how the New European Bauhaus is fronting the next wave of cultural innovation

Mariya Gabriel on Europe’s New Bauhaus

Why is a new European initiative drawing inspiration from a century-old German art school movement?

An MEP on… A Just Transition

Europe is leading the way in promoting a quick phasing out of coal and bridging natural resources like gas

The Constant Currency

Why the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) requires slow and gradual reform.

Why Germany Needs to Elect a Jamaica Coalition

Instead of laying the ground for the future, Merkel’s politics has been administering for today based on the successes of yesterday: a ‘Jamaica’ coalition could change the country’s future.

Weaving a Silk Seven Summit

If the EU wants to remain a global powerhouse undwarfed by China, it should aid Afghanistan’s economic integration with its nearer neighbours.

In Search of A Social EU?

The bloc must find a delicate balance between adequate social support whilst encouraging individual responsibility

How to Revamp the EU’s Global Image

Updating its policies on security and militarisation could dramatically improve the EU’s image – both internally and externally, says Katalin Cseh MEP.

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How Afghanistan Is Testing the EU’s Global Leadership

For the EU, shirking its responsibilities regarding Afghan refugees and failing to engage with the Taliban will only reduce the bloc’s status on the global stage.

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Europe’s Digital Transformation

Europe’s digital strategy must harness innovation, maximise personal freedom and protect against new threats, writes Francesco Cappelletti of the European Liberal Forum.

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The EU’s Internal Market Needs Bolstering

Antonios Nestoras, ELF Policy and Research Coordinator, outlines a progressive plan to protect two crucial pillars of the EU from possible challenges.

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The European Green Deal is Not Enough

Nicu Ștefănuță MEP argues that to build a sustainable future, Europe must work together and aim beyond its current goals.

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Fixing the EU’s Institutions

Introducing the first chapter of the 2021 Liberal White Book, Hilde Vautmans MEP sets out the key reforms that would revive the EU’s institutional framework.

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Making the EU Happen

Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum, argues for a concrete European roadmap for action addressing all the complexities of modern challenges facing the continent.

Why is Putin Rewriting History?

Robert Tyler argues that President Putin’s recent essay reveals a sinister desire to force Ukraine – and other Baltic states – back into the Russian sphere.

The Third Pole of Power 

It’s been a long time coming, and now it’s official. Dubbed as a new Cold War, the US-China confrontation in the Pacific has now cut across the Atlantic into the NATO Summit Declaration. Yet, in a re-emerging bipolarity, Europe may this time choose to play the role of a third pole of power, writes Dr Antonios Nestoras. 

Europe Must Rethink the Digital Services Act

The European Commission claims that the Digital Services Act (DSA) will deliver much-needed harmonisation and clarity of regulation. In fact, it introduces new risks and costs on businesses without adequate justification. If the European Commission aims to improve the competitiveness of Europe’s digital economy and to safeguard the interests of European consumers, its proposals must be significantly amended.

Biden, Putin, and the Danger of Shaking Hands

At the Geneva Summit, the American President ignored warnings not to shake his Russian counterpart’s hand. In doing so, he reflected a wider trend in which the West shuts its eyes to Russian aggressions, blocking out decades of sound advice coming from Eastern and Central Europe.

The misty meaning of the G7 tax agreement

The G7 agreement on the minimum tax of 15 percent is a small step, but it is not yet clear in which direction.

Isolating Morocco would be a historic blunder for the EU

Why the EU needs a change of policy approach to avoid Morocco becoming another uncooperative player in the region, which could be just as devastating as when the West lost Turkey

Zoom and the equalisation of ideas

How politicians and videoconferencing have made the world smaller

The EU’s perilous social justice bill

The Commission’s three-pronged plans for a new Europe have returned from hibernation – and are a sleepwalk into bad policy

Europe’s Last Chance in Venezuela

The following months are a make-or-break window of opportunity for the EU to accelerate Nicolás Maduro’s demise and a democratic restoration in the country, argues a new report.

Making European vaccine strategy “antifragile” by eliminating the virus

It yet remains to be seen if the vaccine will deliver the promise of a return to normal life, with no new waves of infections.

Never mind Macron, worry about whoever comes next

The combination of Macron’s new-found popularity on the right, the apathetic support for him from the centre, and Le Pen’s tainted brand, may save him in next year’s election

Why the Uyghur genocide in China matters

Any move towards closer economic cooperation between the European Union and China must be put on pause until the situation in Xinjiang is entirely remedied

Can Europe turn into a global digital leader?

The future European legislative framework needs to be technologically open and define very clear rules, avoiding unnecessary red tape.

The real problem with the “Sofa Gate”

The trip was supposed to reignite the spark of a relationship between the EU and Turkey – a relationship that has been strained over the last few years.

After COVID, the EU needs a new approach to China

The pandemic has proved a turning point for China’s foreign policy and public relations. Brussels should reciprocate.

Europe’s risk aversion affects the whole world

From digital policy to transport, the EU’s overly prescriptive approach to risk is unwise and costly.

The Streaming Wars: European culture could be a major step towards recovery

Politicians across the bloc ought to remember the films and series they enjoyed during lockdown – and support their continental producers.

To Europeans, America is back. The US wants something in return

If it is not possible to renew transatlantic vows under Biden, chances are that it will not happen under his successor either.

Treaty change can secure post-Covid reform for the EU

The upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe must avoid becoming a mere publicity stunt, when the bloc needs drastic change.

COVID Recovery Fund challenged in European Courts

If the Constitutional Court decides to proceed with the case, it could delay the roll out of the Coronavirus Recovery Fund for months